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Sudanese accused of U.S. killing are extremists: lawyer

ICC Note

John Granville, a United States Diplomat, was killed on January 1, 2008 in Sudanese capital city of Khartoum . Sudanese authorities brought charges against Islamic extremists who carried out the attack against the diplomat. Islamic extremism is rife in Sudan where millions of Christians and animists were killed by Islamist government of Sudan during the civil war between North and South Sudanese.

08/31/2008 Sudan (Reuters) – Five Sudanese men accused of murdering a U.S. aid worker are religious extremists who plotted to attack foreigners at New Year’s Eve gatherings, Sudanese prosecutors told a court on Sunday.

The five defendants chanted “God is great” as they walked into the East Khartoum court and were greeted by a crowd of supporters who shouted religious slogans and “Down, down, USA “.

All five men wore beards and traditional white gowns, and a Reuters reporter at the court saw two of them spit in the faces of two Western women journalists before walking into the building with iron shackles on their ankles.

John Granville, a 33-year-old officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, was shot dead while returning home from New Year celebrations in Khartoum early on January 1. His driver, Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama, 39, was also killed.

The prosecution said the five men were religious extremists who had been misled by “Satan” into thinking their attack was in line with the teaching of the Koran, and that they chanted religious slogans after killing Granville and Rahama.

At an earlier hearing, the defendants were identified as Mohamed Osman Yusuf Mohamed, 29, a former Sudanese army officer, Abdel Raouf Abu Zaid Mohamed, 23, a merchant and son of an Islamic preacher, Mohamed Makkawi Ibrahim Mohamed, also 23, a civil engineering student, Abdel Basit al-Hajj Hassan, 29, a trader and Morad Abdel Rahman, 35, a driver.

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